brushfire

adjective
brush·​fire | \ ˈbrəsh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce brushfire (audio) \

Definition of brushfire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: involving mobilization only on a small and local scale brushfire border wars

brush fire

noun

Definition of brush fire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fire involving low-growing plants (such as scrub and brush)
2 : a minor conflict or crisis putting out political brush fires

First Known Use of brushfire

Adjective

1954, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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